|Mortimer M. Scholl (1864 - 1952) arrived in Denison from Missouri with his brother Charles. He founded the Denison Dispatch in 1888. He later became a Denison Herald columnist.|
|Scholl was known as the "Snake Editor" because of his slim appearance and his scathing editorials. He also had a penchant for dueling. He had flowing white sideburns, wore a rose in his lapel, carried a cane and was noted for his hats - stovepipe, derby, or Panama.|
|He was Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 from 1930 to 1949.|
Mortimer Maughs Scholl “The Snake Editor”
Charles H. Scholl
The Denison Dispatch, published by M. M. Scholl and his brother, Charles H., began publication on July 4, 1888, at 212 West Main Street. Scholl, popoularly known as the “Snake Editor” because of his thin stature, or because of a column he wrote about snakes, later was employed by the Herald and was a local justice of the peace, familiar to residents because of his long white flowing sideburns, flower in his lapel, and his cane and top hat.
January 18, 1952
M. M. Scholl Sr. died Jan. 17, 1952 in Grayson
Sherman Democrat Obituary January 18, 1952
Worked five years in his uncle's printshop in Richmond MO. The uncle was Major L. L. Maughs.
Founded Denison Dispatch on July 4, 1888.
Moved to Dallas with the Times Herald shortly before 1900.
Returned to Denison to work on the Denison Herald, where he ended his journalistic career.
1230 W. Walker St.
Scholl House, Before 1905
M. M. Scholl with gun in hand (far right);
his mother Mary Jane Scholl on right porch with dog; unknown person on left porch.
Photo courtesy of Don Mace via Donna Hunt.
Became justice of the peace in Denison in 1930 until he retired in 1949 due to poor health.
Suffered a paralytic stroke a few days before his death.
Known for his "flamboyant sideburns and his newspaper column, "The Snake Editor."
Article about Mort M. Scholl, "Gun Duel Eased Monotony for Early Denison Editor." Denison Texas Herald, July 24, 1948.
In 1905 he went to live in Cooper, as editor of a weekly there. Stayed in Cooper 12 years.
He started a column for the Denison Herald in 1928 but was told he could not write anything about politics. It was called "Flashes" and lasted three years. It dealt with happenings in the old times.
Mortimer M. Scholl, 87, died on Jan. 17, 1952. He was born in Williamsburg, Missouri, June 29, 1864. In Richmond, Missouri, before failing health sent him south, he worked in a print shop for five years.
Denison Herald (Jan. 19, 1952) says
he founded the lively Denison Dispatch
on July 4, 1888. He moved to Dallas and worked for the Times Herald just before l900, later returning to Denison. He was
justice of the peace in Denison from 1930 till 1949, when he retired because of
he retired, Mr. Scholl was easily recognized on the streets of Denison by his
flamboyant sideburns, which hung to his shoulders, and by his hat set at a
rakish angle. As striking as his personal appearance was the title of his
newspaper column “The Snake Editor.” According to the Dallas News (Jan. 18, 1952), this was one of the most widely quoted
columns of his day.
He reached the peak of his career, according to the Herald, whose stinging editorials were backed by stinging guns. He fought several shotgun duels on Denison’s Main Street. One of his readers inflicted on his throat a wound the scar of which remained until his death.